Stripped Back (Fri 18h00-00h00, at Street Feast)
Merchant Yard, 317-319 Kingsland Road, London, E8 4DL (map)
Stripped Back is back for 2013. The surprise hit of ‘fine dining’ food, presented restuarant style, in a carpark! Chef Ben Spalding, who is more familiar working in the kitchens of Gary Rhodes, Gordon Ramsay and Simon Rogan, was extremely popular during his streetfood debut in 2012. This year Stripped Back returns bigger and with his own balcony area overlooking the crowds as part of streetfood market Street Feast.
Stripped Back is one of those ventures which was either going to work extremely well, or fall spectularly flat. Needless to say it worked fantastically, and is back for a second year.
Chef Ben Spalding, having worked for some of the best known names in the restaurant business started Stripped Back in 2012, serving beautifully presented and innovative dishes in the streetfood markets of ‘Street Feast‘ and ‘Broadway Market‘. The plates presented in the style of ‘Mayfair restaurant’ rather than hearty ‘streetfood’.
Last year, I remember sitting pleasently bemused at Stripped Back alongside The Rib Man sampling fantastic dishes from Ben, a Michelin starred restaurant chef… in an empty carpark in Dalston! (Pictures here). This was an intimate affair with only 8 seats, reminiscent of a chef’s table.
Fast forward to this year and the operations have expanded somewhat, instead of 8 there are 24 seats for dinner plus a bar area with Stripped Back bar snacks! A four course dinner is £27.50, with highlights such as “Salmon Treacle & Cornflakes” (Scottish Salmon, cooked in treacle, toasted cornflakes, amalfi lemon, ginger and seaweed broth) and “Beef & Snails” (Beef short-rib and snail lasagne, peas and powdered brown cheese from Norway). The meal ends with a salted caramel mousse quirkily served on the back of the diner’s hand!
Stripped Back is far removed from the stereotype of street food and it’s probably fair to treat it as a hybrid between a restaurant and street food. You won’t find anything else like it in London. Due to the huge demand last year, Stripped Back has instigated an online pre-booking system. So get online if you want to try out this unique concept!
There are four sittings per evening of Stripped Back at Street Feast Friday nights throughout the summer, 19h00, 20h00, 21h00, 22h00. Book in advance through Everbright £27.50 + £1.22 booking fee
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